Healing Methods

With the growing public interest in new healing approaches, healthcare researchers have undertaken significant research in complimentary and alternative therapies. (This area is also known as holistic; mind-body therapies; functional medicine to name a few.) Please find below the latest research on the various healing modalities. Click the tabs to learn more about each of our healing methods.



“The Use of Self-Reiki for Stress Reduction and Relaxation” J Integr Med. September, 2015

Twenty students at Stockton University used self-Reiki over 20 weeks and 18 reported significant reduction in stress. There was a significant reduction in stress levels from pre-study to post-study. With one exception, stress levels at 20 weeks did not return to pre-study stress levels.

“Effects of Distant Reiki on Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue in Oncology Patients in Turkey: A Pilot Study.” Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015

Fatigue, stress and pain are common symptoms among cancer patients, affecting quality of life. The study showed that five-30 minute sessions helped to reduce all three symptoms.

“The Effect of Reiki on Work Related Stress of the Registered Nurse” Journal of Holistic Nursing. March, 2011

The Reiki Master Teacher group at a large academic, urban medical center studied the effects of Reiki on work-related stress in Registered Nurse Reiki I class participants. Research suggests that work-related stress is an influential factor in nursing burnout and retention. Seventeen participants provided follow-up data. Results indicated that practicing Reiki more often resulted in reduced perceived stress levels. Data from this small pilot study supports educating nurses about Reiki practice to decrease work-related stress.

“Effects of Reiki on Post-Cesarean Delivery Pain, Anxiety, and Hemodynamic Parameters: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial”. Pain Manag Nurs. June, 2015

The study investigated the effect of Reiki on pain, anxiety and hemodynamic parameters on postoperative days 1 and 2 in patients who had undergone cesarean delivery. Reiki was given in the first 24 to 48 hours after delivery for 30 minutes. Results showed that Reiki reduced the intensity of pain, the value of anxiety and the breathing rate as well as the need for and number of analgesics. It did not affect blood pressure or pulse rate. Reiki application as a nursing intervention is recommended as a pain and anxiety-relieving method in women after cesarean delivery.

“Reiki Reduces Burnout Among Community Mental Health Clinicians.” J. Altern Complement Med. August, 2015

Clinicians working in community mental health clinics are at high risk for burnout. Burnout is a problem involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. The purpose of the study was to determine if 30 minutes of healing touch could reduce burnout in community mental health clinicians. Reiki was statistically significantly better than the control group in reducing burnout among community mental health clinicians. Reiki could be helpful in community mental health settings for the mental health of the practitioners.